30 October 2011

Uncommon Commentary #223: A Tirade Against Tiresome Attire

I have previously opined about the slovenly and often provocative way in which people now dress, but here I want to address the specific issue of appareling oneself thus even to attend church.  It's unlikely that anyone who received an invitation to Windsor Palace would have such poor taste as to show up at the affair in something like blue jeans or a halter top; and if we want to look our best to be in the presence of an earthly monarch, how much more so ought we to clothe ourselves respectfully to go the house of the King of Kings?

29 October 2011

Uncommon Commentary #222: What They Should Occupy Is Prison

Isn't it ironic that leftists who condemned TEA party rallies for "racism," despite having no evidence whatsoever to support the allegation, turn a blind eye to the documented anti-Semitism in the "Occupy" protests?

25 October 2011

Uncommon Commentary #221: A Strongman and a Weak Claim

President Obombast and his administration (though repeating the mantra "Gaddafi must go") maintained that US intervention in the Libyan civil war was an "humanitarian" mission intended to protect civilians, not to bring about the fall of the Gaddafi regime, which anyway, had already taken place weeks before the strongman's demise.  Furthermore, Gaddafi, though no less repellent than when this object of Islamist hatred was an enemy of the USA, served as an ally of ours in the fight versus jihadists (just as the monster Stalin did in that against Hitler's Germany); see the final two paragraphs of The "Arab Spring" Spews Blood.  How, then, can anyone who hasn't been living on some other planet for the past decade characterize his capture and death as a US "foreign-policy victory?"

15 October 2011

Uncommon Commentary #220: Tehran, Iran, We All Ran When Ahmadinejad Got Atomic Weapons

Why did Iran think that it could get away with plotting to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the USA, and to blow up the Saudi Arabian and Israeli embassies, all in our capital?  Probably because it can.  If we won't take effective action to prevent Iran from developing nuclear arms, neither will we do so to punish that country for scheming to kill foreigners.

14 October 2011

Uncommon Commentary #219: Trite Makes Right? Not at My Site

The following are the catchphrases that currently annoy me the most (in no particular order). I forbid visitors to the Doman Domain to use these clich├ęs under any circumstances.


  1. game-changer
  2. sea change
  3. game [sic] the system
  4. endgame [sic]
  5. 24/7
  6. 9/11
  7. Ground Zero
  8. cutting-edge
  9. high-tech [sic]
  10. hi(gh)-def [sic]
  11. high-res [sic]
  12. state-of-the-art
  13. brutal(ly) murder(ed)
  14. carbon footprint
  15. wake-up call
  16. heads up
  17. food for thought
  18. the brink
  19. _ community
  20. -friendly
  21. -bashing
  22. (multi)cultural diversity
  23. multi-task
  24. max out
  25. e-
  26. bio-
  27. Euro-
  28. mega-
  29. -gate
  30. -cam
  31. zero tolerance
  32. here goes nothing
  33. walk the walk (and talk the talk)
  34. next level
  35. next generation
  36. extreme (sports, &c.)
  37. Got _?
  38. got game
  39. over the top
  40. A-list
  41. perfect storm
  42. go big
  43. go viral
  44. demonize
  45. marginalize
  46. empower
  47. Red Zone
  48. comfort zone
  49. new normal
  50. nonstarter [sic]
  51. no-brainer
  52. fail [used as a noun]
  53. leverage [used as a verb]
  54. partner [used as a verb]
  55. dialogue [used as a verb]
  56. app [sic]
  57. it's not a question of "if"; it's a question of "when"
  58. moral compass
  59. the elephant in the room
  60. both sides of the aisle
  61. off the charts
  62. bucket list
  63. so [followed by a noun]
  64. fracking [sic]
  65. flash mob
  66. robo-call [sic]
  67. boots on the ground
  68. at the end of the day
  69. _Care [sic]
  70. push back /pushback
  71. zero-sum
  72. man up
  73. iconic
  74. Greatest Generation
  75. Tea Party

07 October 2011

Uncommon Commentary #218: Rot at the (Grass) Root

The "occupiers" of Wall Street, and their counterparts elsewhere, are not average folk in financial straits; they are far-leftists who would overthrow the US government if they could.  If you don't believe me, ask them: the organizer of the protest has proclaimed that "this is the beginning of revolution" and that "this is revolution, not reform"; their means of purveying pinko printed propaganda, a pseudo-newspaper titled "The Occupied Wall Street Journal," blazes the headline "THE REVOLUTION BEGINS AT HOME."  If this is a "grass-roots" movement—ironically, the word "radical" derives from the Latin for "root"—it deserves to be uprooted.

06 October 2011

Uncommon Commentary #217: Perry "A"? On Immigration, He Deserves a "C"

Governor Perry would probably make an above-average president (perhaps even as good a president as anyone can be under our political system), but his position on illegal immigration is troubling, and for more than one reason.  The first reason is simply that his stated opinions on this subject are erroneous: he (objecting that what we need are "boots on the ground," as if the deployment of guards and of agents were an alternative rather than a complement to the erection of a stationary defense) opposes a border fence as "idiocy," and he signed into law a program that reduces tuition for students who are children of undocumented aliens, thereby giving Mexicans yet more incentive to cross the Rio Grande illicitly.  The second reason is his possible motivation for this position: the fact that Texas has one of the highest Hispanic populations of any State makes it hard to avoid the suspicion that he is sacrificing border security and cultural cohesion to appease that segment of the electorate.  Anyone who's going to be chief executive of this country not only needs to be in the right; he also must be willing to oppose the majority of the people when they are in the wrong.